This four-year project is now at its mid-term and coordinator Rubén García opened the meeting by presenting the ground covered over this first half of the projects lifecycle. He emphasised how the consortium had been able to deal with a change of demonstrator in the first year and how the project consortium had become a good team with most deliverables accomplished on schedule and validated.
As the project finishes its second year, the focus is now on the three demonstration sites in Kartal (Turkey), Genoa (Italy) and Valladolid (Spain) where public tendering rounds and public grant procedures are still ongoing. These refer to the purchase of the intervention technology along with the contractors who are to actually deliver both the passive and active energy efficiency solutions based on the project’s preliminary work. The meeting highlighted the fact that this has proven to be quite elaborate and in some cases circuitous. At this stage of the project it is crucial that we push ahead steadily with winding up the tenders and getting all of the interventions underway. It is also now that the monitoring activities of the demo sites are due to start.
From this meeting, we can report that over 75% of the performance diagnosis and indicators, including user acceptance surveys, have completed. In addition, protocols for measurement and verification of energy performance have been adapted to district renovation interventions, and an M&V plan and guidelines for each demo site have almost been finalised. This part of the project is intensive with the development of a web platform for monitoring and management at district level on Service Oriented Architecture: the District Monitoring Platform at general level and the Energy Management Platform(s) at local level. The prototype of this platform will be made available to partners by the end of the year, and is currently being developed. Its purpose is to manage all the methodologies, solutions and algorithms developed by the project’s other work packages. In this way all the fundamental data and information will enable the Energy District Manager and building managers to make manual decisions or wherever possible automated decisions. The District Monitoring Platform constitutes the basis for generating and communicating the KPIs requested by the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS, formerly CONCERTO).
As has become customary for these periodic meetings, parallel sessions took place on specific technical areas of the project such as the solar solutions to be deployed in R2CITIES or business models and LCA/LCC. Dissemination issues concerning the demo site level were on the agenda, as was a visit to the Spanish demonstration site in Valladolid.